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Offline marc

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ID. Old English?
« on: December 13, 2017, 04:38:51 PM »
Hi,
Could it be an Old English ?
It's characteristics are: Diameter 6,2 cm and height 4,6 cm. It has a polished concave base with external ring, it has a handwritten sticker that says "WHITEFRIARS". But I think it's wrong. 
Any idea of origin/age ?
 
Best regards, thanks. 
Marc.
 

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Re: ID. Old English?
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2017, 07:55:11 PM »
Hiya Marc, this weight has so much in common with the group of weights that Alan Thornton has studied and written about that he suspects were made by Islington Glass Works in Birmingham Uk. The group of weights tend to have a stave baskets and a satin polished flat base. Yours is concave, but that may be a restorer ‘making it right’. Alan (tropdevin) is a contributor here so he may comment. Don

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Re: ID. Old English?
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2017, 04:13:03 PM »
Hi Don,

Many thanks for your reply and comments. This is a "puzzle".

Marc.

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Re: ID. Old English?
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2017, 06:28:33 PM »
Hiya Marc. Here is a photo of mine. As you can see, the canes have similar features, but do have huge differences, but we are in a research forum, so any similarities may lead in a direction.

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Re: ID. Old English?
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2017, 10:47:24 PM »
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Hi All.   Don - yours is an Islington 'basket weight' (I assume it has a spiral basket, and flat ground base).  The other weight posted by marc is from a different, unknown factory, quite possibly in the UK... I have 7 weights or images of pieces from this factory (I think), and 6 were found in the UK.  It should be lead crystal, with a concave polished base, that may not be quite circular.  I have ones that have canes very like the centre cane and those in the outside ring.

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